Namati

Community Land Protection

September 24, 2018

What next for Sierra Leone’s endangered forests?

by Sonkita Conteh, Namati in Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources

Last week, the government of Sierra Leone announced that all forest logging concessions are to be suspended “with immediate effect.” This was welcomed news in a country with only 5% original forest cover remaining. In this must-read op-ed in Place, Sonkita Conteh, Director of Namati Sierra Leone, writes that now “the government must work to…

September 18, 2018

Bad-Faith Contracts & Unjust Investments – How can communities protect their interests?

by Rachael Knight & Kaitlin Cordes in Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources

Deciding whether or not to allow an investor to use community lands and natural resources is one of the most important decisions a community can make. Namati and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) have published two new guides to help communities prepare for interactions with investors and, if they so wish, negotiate fair, equitable contracts….

November 1, 2017

5 Lessons Learned From Applying a Legal Empowerment Approach to Community Land Protection in Sierra Leone

by Hassan Sesay in Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources

The Namati team in Sierra Leone is engaged in an ongoing effort to discover sustainable measures for community ownership, management, and administration of land and natural resources throughout the country. To this end, we have taken on a new project: the application of a legal empowerment approach to community land protection. Land administration in Sierra…

March 31, 2017

LEGEND Land Policy Bulletin: “Namati’s experience of using GeoODK GPS Mapping”

by Marena Brinkhurst in Community Land Protection

Maps are critical tools that assist communities in securing formal legal recognition of their rights to customary land and supporting local land governance. However, the map-making support Namati could provide to communities in Africa and Asia was, until recently, limited to hand-drawn sketches. GPS and satellite technologies were too costly and technically complex. In 2016, Namati partnered with…

September 22, 2016

Video: When Land Laws are Not Enough, Enter the Barefoot Lawyers

by Place - Thompson Reuters Foundation in Community Land Protection, Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

In this two-minute animation, Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru, explains how “barefoot lawyers” help connect communities with justice. The video was produced by the Thompson Reuters Foundation for their new initiative, Place. Through exclusive reportage, analysis, commentary, photographs and video, Place explores the complex social, economic and political effects of inadequate land rights – from environmental…

September 16, 2016

Struggles in Suriname: Learning from Namati’s Community Land Rights Database

by Dorian Martinez in Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources

In January 2016, a headline grabbed me. After several months of volunteering with Namati’s Community Land Rights CaseBase, I came across news of an important legal victory for indigenous land rights in Suriname, a country I knew virtually nothing about. I had been collecting case law concerning community and indigenous land rights from across Latin…

August 14, 2016

Liberia is at a crossroads: recognising land rights can safeguard against violence

by Jennifer Duncan and Jaron Vogelsang in Community Land Protection, Governance, Land & Natural Resources

This article was originally published by Thompson Reuters Foundation.   The government of Liberia has an unprecedented opportunity to pass progressive land reform legislation that could positively impact millions of people, but the window of opportunity is rapidly closing. If Liberia’s legislature doesn’t vote to adopt the draft Land Rights Act before it goes on recess…

March 4, 2016

BBC Africa: Sierra Leone Land Grab Thwarted

by McKinley Charles in Community Land Protection, Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

Over 70 families in Nimiyama Chiefdom, Sierra Leone have had their land returned after taking a large multinational company to court. Local leaders had sold the families’ land to Orient Agriculture Ltd. without their knowledge or consent. With the support of a Namati community paralegal, the affected families learned about their right and how to…

February 23, 2016

The Community Land Protection Facilitator’s Guide

by Namati's Community Land Protection Team in Community Land Protection, Resources & Research

Namati’s Community Land Protection Facilitator’s Guide is a step-by-step, practical “how to” manual for grassroots advocates working to help communities protect their customary claims and rights to land and natural resources. After years of working with partner organizations around the world to support communities to protect their land rights, Namati has developed a comprehensive, five-part approach…

December 2, 2015

New online interactive map helps Indigenous peoples and communities assert land rights

by Marena Brinkhurst in Community Land Protection

LandMark is a new online mapping platform that provides critical information on the collective land and natural resource rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities around the world. The interactive, global map is designed to increase the visibility of indigenous and community lands and present crucial information on the state of land rights. LandMark currently provides…

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